Vol MMXV, No 244
September 1, 1969
Texas Technical College renamed Texas Tech
Texas Tech renamed
When Texas Technological College (in Lubbock) was renamed Texas Tech University, it was not without controversy. The Board of directors wanted to keep the "TT" monicre, but the student body was adamantly opposed to the name "Tech" thinking it a made-up word, and undignified.
Rumors flew that faculty would resign if the name were changed to include "Tech". In January, 1969, when the student newspaper and radio station were closed for final exams, the Board of Directors unanimously approved of the name "Texas Tech University" placing it ahead of all others under consideration.
Other options before the legislative committee were "Texas State University," "Texas State University of Arts, Science and Technology," and "The University of the Southwest" among others.
On May 25th, the committee decided on "Texas Tech" partly in light of the fact that the college board approved it. On June 6th, Governor Preston Smith signed the bill officially renaming the college, and on this date in 1969, the new name "Texas Tech University" became the official name of the university in Lubbock.
Passenger Service begins at Love Field
On this date in 1927, Love Field in Dallas, commenced commericial airline service as the first passengers were boarded.
Limited Sales Tax goes into effect in Texas
On this date in 1961, the first state sales tax in Texas history went into effect. It was called the Limited Sales and Use Tax.
Ranger Junior College founded
On this date in 1926, Ranger Junior College was founded. For years thereafter, classes were held on the top floor of Ranger High School.
SWTSTC becomes Southwest Texas State College
On this date in 1959, Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, officially changed it's name to Southwest Texas State College. It is later renamed Texas State University.
Fort Worth gets Telephone Service
On September 1, 1881, The Southwest Telegraph and Telephone Company began telephone service in Fort Worth with approximately 40 customers. Just three months prior, Dallas received telephone service. Other cities that had phone service by this time were Galveston, Houston, San Antonio and Austin.